PLEBS, 4.1 – “The Accident” (TV Review)

Plebs. Image shows from L to R: Jason (Jon Pointing), Grumio (Ryan Sampson), Marcus (Tom Rosenthal). Copyright: RISE Films.

ITV2 – Monday 9th April 2018 – 10pm

Currently available to watch NOW on the ITV Hub

Created and written by: Sam Leifer and Tom Basden

Directed by: Sam Leifer


CRUSH JUSTICE

“Plebs die sometimes, boo-bloody-hoo!”

It’s always a pity when a popular show loses one of its leads, and with Joel Fry off chasing ghosts and missing girls in supernatural BBC drama Requiem, I feared a Plebs without cocksure optimist and vital ingredient Stylax Eurisces would be like Red Dwarf without Arnold J. Rimmer – and we all know how successful that wasn’t in series VII!

… Keep Scuttling!

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Finding Your Feet (Cinema Review)

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12A – 111mins – 2018


 

LEAP OF FAITH

Full disclosure: I did not set out to watch this film. With the best will in the world, I realised from the silvery-haired cast list alone that it clearly was not my kind of film. My parents would love it (in fact, my aunt – who very rarely goes to the cinema – has seen it TWICE), but I am half their age. However, when traffic delayed me and I missed my pre-booked screening of Pacific Rim Uprising, I arrived at the cinema with the option of a second viewing of Unsane (reviewed HERE) in as many days, Finding Your Feet, or a nearly 90 minute wait. So impatient me chose option B.

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DOCTOR WHO, 10.6 – “Extremis” (TV Review)

BBC One – 7:25pm – Saturday 20th May 2017

Written by: Steven Moffat

Directed by: Daniel Nettheim


 

WHAT LIES BENEATH

Well I certainly wasn’t expecting that. After setting up what was presumed to be a season-long mystery in “The Pilot” and teasing it in each subsequent episode, we were casually made privy to who was inside the vault the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) has sworn to guard at this innocuous mid-series point. I’m a week late in getting my “Extremis” review posted, but I will still warn those even tardier than I that SPOILERS FOLLOW, so continue at your own risk…

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Zoolander No. 2 (DVD Review)

12 – 98mins – 2016 


 

TWO STEEL

Quote-heavy and gif-friendly in its all-round over-exuberance, 2001’s first Zoolander is considered a modern classic of the Brat Pack comedy era – much like Will “Mugatu” Ferrell’s Anchorman. I can never proclaim to being that enamoured with either if I’m being honest, although both have remained so prescient in the public consciousness that sequels – whether necessary or not – were guaranteed money-makers.

It took co-writer, star and director Ben Stiller some 15 years to resurrect his chique-but-stupid fashion model Derek Zoolander, who has been in icy exile (like a “hermit crab”) since the collapse of his Centre For Kids Who Can’t Read Good, death of his wife (Christine Taylor) and some seriously poor spaghetti-based parenting skills saw Child Protection services take his son, Derek Jr (Cyrus Arnold), into care.

But now a mystery assassin is gunning down the world’s most famous pop stars, all of whom take a “Blue Steel” selfie before they pop their beautiful clogs. Chances are only the creator of the trademark look and his former fashion rival-cum-BFF-cum-rival-again Hansel (Owen Wilson) hold the key to cracking this deadly plot – but can they be trusted to work full-stop, much less undercover and together?! And how will they fit in to a much-changed, androgyny-embracing industry?

Bringing back every successful element from the first film and adding a walk-in wardrobe’s worth more, Zoolander No. 2 is a messy maelstrom of outrageous outfits, flashy visuals, dumb expressions, stupid jokes and more celebrity cameos than your mind can reasonably comprehend. At least the similarly overcrowded Absolutely Fabulous never got to the point where they needed to write the names of the famous people on screen to tip off the audience!

It’s not high art – in fact most of it is as eye-rollingly embarrassing as Kristin Ghostbusters Wiig’s near incomprehensible foreign accent – but the game cast and even-gamer cameoists (Justin Bieber, Kiefer Sutherland and Benedict Cumberbatch in particular don’t mind putting their pride to one side) just about save this from being a stinky No. 2 of a catwalk catastrophe – it’s just a shame so much of it is recycled from last season and should have been left on the hanger.

CR@B’s Claw Score: 2 stars

All Roads Lead to Rome (DVD Review)

12 – 88mins – 2015


 

CHASING SUMMER

“A woman takes what she wants, when she wants it.”

Concerned single mother Maggie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her one-time Italian beau, Luca (Raoul Bova), take to the terraces of Tuscany to track down her rebellious teenage daughter, Summer (Rosie Day), and his stubborn elderly mother, Carmen (Claudia Cardinale), who each have their own independent motivations for escaping their over-protective guardians. Which they achieve – in Luca’s classic car.

Ella Lemhagen directs with a disposition for radiant and picturesque shots of the titular tourist trap, making All Roads… pleasantly easy viewing. But despite establishing a need for speed – Summer is desperate to return to her bail-making boyfriend in New York, while Carmen plans to secretly wed her one true love against her son’s wishes – neither hunters nor prey seem in a particular hurry, with countless road-side stop offs engineered to expedite bonding between both couples.

An accident and an arrest ramp up the drama towards the summit, but everyone is all sunshine and smiles come the post-epiphany epilogue. There’s nothing revolutionary in Cindy Myers and Josh Appignanesi’s script, but it’s as watchable and fluffy as a liberated rabbit. So I guess you could say that’s an Italian job well done.

CR@B Verdict: 3 stars